Monday, June 30, 2008

Pátzcuaro Birding Group - Events

Georgia sez...

Information received from Georgia of Chirimoyo:

Last Thursday morning, June 26th, Georgia launched a plan for regular birding events in the Pátzcuaro, Michoacán area. These birding events will explore a wide variety of locations, such as Pátzcuaro, Morelia, Zirahuén, Tacámbaro, Uruapan, Quiroga, and Erongarícuaro-Yotatiro-Zamora. They are free and open to the public. Anyone who lives nearby or plans to visit the area is encouraged to join her Patzcuaro Birding Group.

Surpassing her expectations, thirteen people met Georgia at the Jarácuaro Bridge, one of her favorite birding spots. The height of the bridge allows for uninhibited viewing of the marshy area and canals that flow to Lake Páatzcuaro. Novices to expert birders always find interesting birds to observe, including the endemic Black-polled yellowthroat.

Georgia will soon have a website up, and it will include a schedule of upcoming birding events. This website (the one you are currently on) will publish a link to hers under "useful links" in the left sidebar. Meanwhile, you can email Georgia directly for information about upcoming trips through BirdingPal at

Here is the list of birds seen during the first 2-hour outing of the Pátzcuaro Birding Group:

Pied-billed grebe
Tricolored heron
Little blue heron
Great egret
Snowy egret
Cattle egret
Least bittern – juvenile
White-faced ibis
Turkey vulture
Northern harrier
Common moorhen
Northern jacana
Mourning dove
Broad-billed hummingbird
Black phoebe
Vermillion flycatcher
Cassin’s kingbird
Northern rough-winged swallow
Cliff swallow
Barn swallow
Curved-billed thrasher
House sparrow
House finch
Lesser goldfinch
Common yellow throat
Black-polled yellowthroat (endemic)
White-collared seedeater
Song sparrow
Great-tailed grackle
Bronzed cowbird

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